Human Rights Defenders' Lives on the Line
- Major General M. Djali Yusuf
We are writing to express our concern for the safety of Mukhlis Ishak (aged 27) and Zulfikar (aged 24), who were detained in Bireuen town, Bireuen Province on 25th March, 2003. They are members of the non-governmental organisation, Link for Community Development (LCD), which assists internally displaced people. They were arrested while accompanying villagers who were demonstrating outside the office of the District Head of Bireuen District, to peacefully protest plans to establish a Police Mobile Brigade post in their village. It is feared Mukhlis Ishak and Zulfikar were targeted as a result of their human rights activism.
They are believed to be detained by the Indonesian Military, Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI), in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. Nobody knows where they are at the moment. They could be at risk of torture or 'disappearance'.
We urge you to immediately clarify the whereabouts of the abovementioned and the reason for their detention, as we are concerned they may have been detained solely on account of their legitimate human rights activities. In this case, we believe they should be immediately and unconditionally released.
The Human Rights Defenders' Lives on the Line petition to Major General M. Djali Yusuf was written by Hazel and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.